High winds and heavy rains are coming to Western Washington, starting late Wednesday, and are expected to last through the weekend.
Here’s what you can do to prepare:
▪ Remove dead or damaged tree limbs.
▪ Secure lawn furniture, trash cans, potted plants and other items.
▪ Ready supplies for a power outage, including flashlights, batteries and drinking water, along with nonperishable food.
▪ Use a flashlight, not candles.
▪ Use the phone only for emergencies.
Once the storm arrives:
▪ Charge cellphones and keep a corded phone handy. Most cordless phones lose their signal when the power goes out, and cellphone coverage can come and go.
▪ Keep flashlights in multiple places around the house.
▪ Have a battery-operated or wind-up radio. Listen for power outage updates.
▪ Never use barbecues indoors for cooking or heating. They produce fumes that can be deadly.
▪ Follow generator instructions to ensure proper use. Improperly connected generators create safety hazards inside and outside the home and present dangers to line electricians working on the electrical system.
▪ Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Food should stay good for 24 hours or longer.
▪ Never assume a downed power line is dead. Stay as far away from a downed line as possible, and keep children and pets at a safe distance.
▪ Immediately report downed lines and outages to your electricity provider.
▪ Turn off electrical equipment that was in use when the power outage occurred. But leave one light on.